Ethics & Compliance | Gildan

Gildan

Doing right means doing the right thing always

We are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in all of our operations and business practices worldwide. We understand that our conduct with fellow employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders affects the integrity and credibility of the Company as a whole, as well as our success. That’s why maintaining strong ethical business relationships and acting responsibly is important to us.

Code of Ethics

Our Code of Ethics, adopted by our Board of Directors and updated in 2016, is applicable to all Gildan directors, officers and employees, and serves as a framework in guiding the Company's operations and business practices. The Code of Ethics also guides our employees to make decisions that are consistent with Gildan's core values and guiding principles.

The Code of Ethics addresses matters that include conflicts of interest, integrity and confidentiality of corporate records and information, protection and use of corporate assets, employee relations, protection of human rights, health and safety, anti-corruption laws, insider trading, compliance with laws and reporting of unethical or illegal behavior.

Diligent compliance monitoring

Our Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Code of Ethics. All employees who are in management positions and above (including key personnel) undergo an annual certification process, and all new employees are asked to read and sign the Code of Ethics during their on-board training.

Code of Conduct

The Gildan Code of Conduct encompasses the principles set forth by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and various other organizations. It unmistakably asserts our position on a wide range of labour and business practices and openly communicates our commitment to employees, partners and stakeholders to always act responsibly and sustainably.

Ethics and Compliance Hotline

Gildan maintains a strong open-door environment. Anyone at anytime, without discomfort or fear of retaliation, can speak up about real or suspected misconduct which helps Gildan solve problems at the source and keep issues from escalating or reoccurring. Reports can be made by calling the Ethics and Compliance Hotline using a local toll-free number or by submitting a report online. This information will be kept confidential, consistent with local law and the need to conduct a thorough investigation.

Anti-Corruption Policy and Compliance Program

The Anti-Corruption Policy and Compliance Program reaffirms Gildan’s commitment to ethical conduct and compliance with all applicable Anti-Corruption Laws, a commitment that is embodied in Gildan’s Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct. The Policy encompasses the rules and regulations set forth by the CFPOA, the FCPA, the UKBA and the local anti-corruption laws of all countries in which Gildan conducts business.

Whistleblowing Policy for Employees and External Stakeholders

In keeping with Gildan’s commitment to maintain high ethical standards in all of its operations worldwide and its aim to foster continuous and meaningful dialogue with its employees and its stakeholder groups, Gildan has established this Whistleblowing Policy. The purpose of this Policy is to provide Gildan’s employees and external stakeholders with communication channels that will allow them to raise concerns in confidence, and anonymously if desired, without fear of reprisals or retaliation of any kind. 

Non-Retaliation Policy

Gildan will not retaliate or tolerate retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, reports a possible violation of this Code, any of the Company’s policies or the law.

Key policies

Want to access our policies in a different language? Visit Gildan's key ethics and compliance policies repertoire to view them in English, French, Spanish, Bengali, Chinese and Japanese.

Training and awareness

Gildan is committed to providing mandatory compliance-related trainings to its employees on the Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct and other important compliance-related policies, such as anti-corruption, insider trading and economic sanctions.

98.3%

of office employees completed the Code of Ethics training in 2016*

92%

of office employees completed the Code of Conduct training in 2017*

99%

of office employees completed the Anti-Corruption Policy training in 2018*

*These percentages do not include non-office employees working in our factories.

 In 2019, Gildan committed to launching a company-wide Compliance Awareness training that is expected to be completed by all employees in 2020. This training covers our Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, Anti-Harassment Policy and Anti-Corruption Policy.